Manchester City are about to host Stoke City aiming at continuing with their excellent results before the latest international break, but Pep Guardiola couldn’t avoid answering a Mauricio Pochettino-related question, after the Tottenham manager said he found one of his comments ‘disrespectful’.
I think Mauricio made a mistake. Never, never in my career was I disrespectful. Maybe I can answer when someone attacks my team or my club but I would never be disrespectful about what Mauricio and Tottenham did
the Man City manager said, after shaking his head in disbelief, when he was informed about Pochettino’s remark.
Maybe I should say ‘Pochettino team’ instead of ‘Harry Kane’s team’. I did it because he scored two goals more against Huddersfield and he got more with the national team
the Catalan said, explaining why he referred to Tottenham as ‘the Harry Kane team’ some time ago, a line that the Spurs’ manager found offensive.
I respect a lot what Tottenham have done in the last two or three years, a lot of credit in the way they play and the way they show football in the Premier League – the way he proposes, always attacking. I said it many times, just review it
Guardiola also said, looking very disappointed at being ‘accused’ of disrespecting a team, any team, especially one he considers a Premier League title rival.